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Shared decision-making is a joint planning and problem solving process that provides stakeholders a voice in decisions that affect student success and the school environment in accordance with LACOE Board Policy 2250.

The Shared Decision-Making Council (SDMC) is composed of representatives of LACEA teachers, school administration, SEIU, the Parent Council, student leadership, and senior program specialists. As such, it is the only committee that represents the entire LACHSA community.


The SDMC meets once a month to address issues falling within its scope of authority:

  1. Decision-making on some budgets (lottery, grants, discretionary funds, staff development)

  2. Decision-making on some staff development activities, to be aligned with schoolwide goals

  3. Input on the staff selection process

  4. Input on calendar

  5. Input on the selection of administrative designees

  6. Decision-making on individual faculty/staff professional development

  7. Prioritizing stakeholders' concerns and giving feedback to the leadership team

SDMC Membership:

Ray Alcala - Chair, Physical Education Teacher

Cosmin Ion - Accountant, Science Teacher

Giovanni Boskovich, Recorder, English Teacher

Irene Liu, Science Teacher

Emily Rogers, World Language Teacher

Mikel Edillon, Math Teacher

John Rodriguez, History Teacher

David Sotelo, Interim Visual Arts Chair

Alexa Kershner, Interim Dance Co-Chair

Lois Hunter, Theatre Chair

Tina Vartanian, Principal

David Schneiderman, Parent Association 

Griselda Lepe, Parent Association

Keira Grace, ASB Representative

Scarlet Valdez, ASB Representative



Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) is a decision-making body that meets weekly to guide LACHSA's Academic programs.


ILT Membership:

Sue Freitag

Ray Alcala

John Freeman

Rachel Kaplan

Irene Liu

Barry Pohlmann

John Rodriguez

Myriam VanZeebroeck

Alexa Kershner

Esmeralda Flores



The Arts Team represents the heads of each of the six arts departments: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, and musical theatre and other key personnel. This team meets weekly to discuss arts departmental collaboration and coordination, school-wide arts policy, budget and program considerations, and a host of other important matters that affect the arts programs.


Arts Team Membership:

Tina Vartanian, Principal

Sue Freitag, Assistant Principal

Michael Christ Powers, Music Chair

Lois Hunter, Theatre Chair

David Sotelo, Interim Visual Arts Chair

Alexa Kershner, Interim Dance Co-Chair

Fiona Lummis Eddy, Interim Dance Co-Chair

Drew McClellan, Cinematic Arts Chair

Erica Robson, Musical Theatre Chair

Katherine Tong, Communications & Outreach

Liz Czypinski, Facilities Coordinator

Felicia Cain, Admissions Coordinator

Esmeralda Flores, Equity Coordinator



The Student Support Team is a committee comprised of the assistant principal, academic counselors and school psychologist and Resource Specialist. This team convenes weekly to proactively address support for students who are facing academic, personal, behavioral, disciplinary, and other challenges to their success at LACHSA. Additionally, this team does not serve as a policy-making entity, but serves to advise both the administration and SDMC on issues regarding policies and procedures that affect student progress.


SST Membership:

Greg Baumann, Counselor

Bob Bobek, School Psychologist

Irma Dilullo: Counselor 

Diana Pawar, Resource Specialist 

Tina Vartanian, Principal

Rachel Ward, Therapist



Our faculty understands the importance of continuous improvement in our practice as educators in order to ensure the best outcomes for our students. To this end, we have undertaken an intentional and rigorous formalized professional development structure through which to carry out this important work.

Our faculty meets each Friday before the start of school for students to focus on the educational practices that are proven to improve student achievement. This ongoing work is achieved by an intense focus on instruction, curriculum, and assessment. With our school-wide goals as our lens our faculty tackles important issues in the teaching and learning process.



By February 1 of each year, every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC).The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. Data reported in a Local Control and Accountability Plan is to be consistent with data reported in the SARC.



With the increased flexibility of the State of California’s new funding system, school districts are required to engage stakeholders, including parents, in developing a Local Control and Accountability Plan. This is a three-year plan focused on state and local priorities that describes goals, actions, services and expenditures to support student achievement.



Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Title IX Coordinator: Diana Velasquez, Ed.D.

Email Address:

Phone: (562) 803-8451


Under California Education Code section 221.8:

a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.

b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.

c) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.

d) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.

e) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:

1. Equipment and supplies.

2. Scheduling of games and practices.

3. Transportation and daily allowances.

4. Access to tutoring.

5. Coaching.

6. Locker rooms.

7. Practice and competitive facilities.

8. Medical and training facilities and services.

9. Publicity.

f) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.

g) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.

h) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.

i)You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.

j) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.


Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in violation of Title IX may file a complaint with LACOE or the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). If a crime is involved, such as sexual assault, individuals may also file a report with the local police department. A person may pursue one or all of these avenues at the same time.


U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaint form:


The OCR office for California is located at:

San Francisco Office

Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education

50 United Nations Plaza

Mail Box 1200, Room 1545

San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone: 415-486-5555

FAX: 415-486-5570;

TDD: 800-877-8339


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